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    Scoble - the Channel 9 exit interview

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    Charles Torre grabbed Scoble for one last go on Channel 9, this time Scoble is the interviewee .
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    Office supports OpenDocument - early reactions

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    Stephen O'Grady of Redmonk provides some in-depth analysis on the news than Microsoft will sponsor an open source project to build tools that enable the conversion between its Open XML formats in Office 2007 and OpenDocument (ODF). Official press release...
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    More FeedBurner statcrunching

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    As you might know, I like to keep an eye on my Feedburner / RSS / Aotm / feeds stats . Neville Hobson has just shared some of his Feedburner stat data and I thought it was interesting how similar some of the trends are compared to mine. Some differences...
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    Ads on BBC.com - good / bad?

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    Ben Metcalfe is very concerned with the BBC's plans to add advertising on their International version of BBC.com . Ben outlines the reasons for his concerns and I've read them, but I still don't know enough about the ins-and-outs / pros vs. cons on...
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    Techmeme hacked (redux)

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    Oh no, so it's happening again ( again , again , again )...! And yes, it is an echo chamber . - Update : Bah! Algorithms must have been updated (...de human editor won't bite twice ). Speaking of which...
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    Ground floor: 1

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    Via Postbubble I came across standpedia . It is provided by the same team who developed standpoint . I've just had a play with standpedia and I like it. Rather than try to explain what it does , here is a pic of what I created at standpedia: ...
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    IE7 Beta 3 (more RSS goodness)

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    Microsoft's RSS team blog has this news . " IE7 Beta 3 is here ! We’ve snuck in some goodies in the feed reading user experience based on your Beta 2 feedback" The post provides details on the new RSS-related features. More feedback sought. ...
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    What is CodePlex?

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    Thanks to Sara h Ford for pointing out this interview on video (on Port25) with Korby Parnell explaining some of the background behind CodePlex , a new portal for collaborative software development & for sharing source code. Hey Dana :-) !
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    Enterprise tagging - off to the races...

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    TechCrunch outlines some of the features in a new product out there developed called ConnectBeam . It was just matter of time before someone ran with the Tagging behind the firewall idea. From the page describing ConnetBeam's benefits: Bookmark...
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    WinFS - Q and A with eWeek

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    eWeek : " Q&A: Corey Thomas, the group product manager for SQL Server, explains why Microsoft decided not to pursue the previously planned separate delivery of WinFS."
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    LibraryThing - it's not just about getting YOUR data IN...

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    Good to see LibraryThing getting a nice write up in the WSJ (via techmeme ) I've mentioned the service before as a good example of how you can get the data out that you put in . This is my profile on the site and a page of my catalog . As part of...
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    Is WinFS dead?

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    Quentin Clark has posted an update to the WinFS update and answers some of the questions that came since the post on Friday . It's a Q & A format to help clarify some of the speculation flying around over the weekend and today . And yes, the...
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    Things to do in 1300 A.D

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    <off-topic. if you're looking for intelligent commentary on technological issues of the day, you're at the wrong place. please move on.> From time to time something catches my eye that sets me off down a complete waste of time. Like this . ...
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    The Italian job

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    Australia was robbed . Awful. (I mean it).
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    microformats viewer

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    This is no ordinary blog post . It has embeded microformat content, but you won't see it. This is the same page rendered in a 'microcontent viewer' created by Jason Kolb , so now the microformat content renders in the browser. You can either hit...
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    Virtual Earth *Interactive* SDK

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    How cool is this? Carter Maslan points to the Virtual Earth Interactive SDK : "The SDK is organized by the things you want to do , and each of those things is correlated to a live running sample, source code, and reference documentation - all one...
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    My musical attention (data)

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    Earlier this month I mentioned that at the Content 2.0 event I asked LastFMs product manager, Matthew Ogle about the ability to export my data out of the system so it could be plugged into another. After all, the music I listen to, for how long and when...
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    On XSLT and LINQ to XML...

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    Yesterday Mike Champion (on XML team in Data Programmability) wrote up a post answering the question: 'Why does the world need another XML API?' The question is a summary of some the feedback we've heard regarding XLinq LINQ to XML . Mike explains...
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    LINQ, ADO.NET and Entities

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    In case you missed it, Somasegar (Microsoft's VP of Developer Division) blogged today about some of the LINQ and ADO.NET innovations planned for the next version of Visual Studio (Orcas). It's getting some attention already... Techworld : ...
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    Live Clipboard + microformats + RSS (SSE) + Microsoft Outlook screencast

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    Matt Augustine (works in Ray Ozzie's Concept Development Team) presented a demo at the Supernova 2006 conference in the "Decentralizing Data" workshop, moderated by Tantek Celik . The demo, available here as a screencast , shows how to leverage Live...
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    This town is addicted.

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    One of the joys of moving to this part of the world is the traffic. Now, everything is relative, and of course the Seattle area isn't free of jams, but it's a million miles (well, about 4799 actually) from the nightmare that is London. I live and work...
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    Create BOT for Live Messenger, win cool stuff.

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    Via Frank La Vigne - if you're into AIs and help / KB systems here is just the challenge for you (devs and ISVs from around the world are eligable, not just US, which is nice...) "Robots or "BOTs", are software programs that you can add to MSN®...
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    the opposite of Brewsters Millions

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    30 days to make $1m. From zero, nada, zilch. Well, $100, a cell phone and a one way ticket to New York City. Think the opposite of Brewster's Millions . Welcome to Remi Frazier's Million Dollar Destiny : "...In one month, I will come...
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    Feedback on Live Messenger

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    Some cool demos at On 10 of the new Live Messenger . Chris has some more great feedback for our product teams. Don Dodge sees Live Messenger as further evidence of Ray Ozzie's infuence. AMCP Tech blog agrees . Jesse asks the team about plugins,...
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    Welcome to the blogosphere!...Now what?

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    Well, the 43rd comment to come in on this post of mine grumbling about Nameplanet's customer service seems to be good news for Nameplanet customers: "Jipie! Nameplanet has been taken over by Tucows! Although they announce not to make any changes...
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